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Many women en­ter into trans­ac­tional re­la­tion­ships, the most com­mon of which in­volve young women and their so-called sugar dad­dies risk of con­tract­ing and spread­ing HIV and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions, as well as risk­ing un­planned preg­nancy. This makes it im­por­tant to consider fe­male eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment in HIVre­duc­tion poli­cies.

These re­la­tion­ships are said to be preva­lent in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, where black women are more likely to en­ter into trans­ac­tional re­la­tion­ships.

Though some are mo­ti­vated by the woman’s lack of so­cioe­co­nomic re­sources (in poor so­ci­eties, sex is some­times the only cur­rency of ex­change for women), in­creas­ingly they are driven by con­sumerism. The most com­mon per­cep­tion of trans­ac­tional sex­ual re­la­tion­ships is that it hap­pens be­tween young women in their twen­ties and older men, of­ten re­ferred to as sugar dad­dies.

Although this is in­deed com­mon, the re­la­tion­ships are not al­ways in­ter­gen­er­a­tional. Women of all ages and so­cial sta­tuses take part in trans­ac­tional sex­ual re­la­tion­ships – and the only dif­fer­ence may be in the na­ture of the goods or the amounts of money re­ceived for the sex.

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